Research keeps these two in the lead

SIERRA WIRELESS $16.98 (Toronto symbol SW; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (604-231-1100; www.sierrawireless.com; s/o: 36.1 million; Market cap: $617.2 million; No dividends paid) makes digital components that connect products, including smart electricity meters, automobiles, fleet and transit vehicles, and home security systems, to the Internet. That… Read More

Research costs are key to their success

These four technology companies continue to invest heavily in research. While that spending depresses their current earnings, it also helps them develop profitable new products to spur earnings for years to come.
INTEL CORP. $51 (Nasdaq symbol INTC; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding:… Read More

These tech giants offer sustainable dividends

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP. $133 (New York symbol IBM; Conservative Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 908.8 million; Market cap: $120.9 billion; Dividend yield: 4.7%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.ibm.com) is one of the world’s largest computer companies, with operations in over 175… Read More

Five North American ETF buys and one sell

The six ETFs we update below mainly hold high-quality stocks that are widely traded on Canadian and U.S. exchanges. Each fund tracks the performance of a major stock market index. That’s different from ETFs focused on narrower indexes or themes such as cryptocurrencies or biotechnology.
Of… Read More